USA Weightlifting, the national governing body for the sport of weightlifting in the United States, is a new corporate partner of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
As a part of the three-year partnership, USA Weightlifting will serve as a sponsor of the NFHS Coach Education Program, and seek to expand state championship opportunities through state high school associations to further the sport of weightlifting.
“We are excited about this new partnership with USA Weightlifting,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “The NFHS and its member state associations are always looking for ways to expand participation opportunities for boys and girls in high school sports. Through this partnership, more schools will be exposed to those opportunities through the sport of weightlifting.”
Currently, weightlifting is a sanctioned sport in Florida, and the Florida High School Athletic Association sponsors a state championship for boys and girls. Several other states have schools with weightlifting programs, and USA Weightlifting anticipates continued growth of the sport in other states.
“This exciting development for weightlifting speaks to our desire to support high schools in integrating weightlifting, continuing to ensure safety in the weight room and to make the United States the most active nation among our youth,” said Phil Andrews, chief executive officer of USA Weightlifting. “We look forward to working with the NFHS and its member state associations to grow this great sport.”